like : Common Errors in English


Since the 1950s, when it was especially associated with hipsters, “like” as a sort of meaningless verbal hiccup has been common in speech. The earliest uses had a sort of sense to them in which “like” introduced feelings or perceptions which were then specified: “When I learned my poem had been rejected I was, like, devastated.” However, “like” quickly migrated elsewhere in sentences: “I was like, just going down the road, when, like, I saw this cop, like, hiding behind the billboard.” This habit has spread throughout American society, affecting people of all ages. Those who have the irritating “like” habit are usually unaware of it, even if they use it once or twice in every sentence: but if your job involves much speaking with others, it’s a habit worth breaking.Recently young people have extended its uses by using “like” to introduce thoughts and speeches: “When he tells me his car broke down on the way to my party I’m like, ” I know you were with Cheryl because she told me so.” To be reacted to as a grown

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  • n  a similar kind
    dogs, foxes, and the like", "we don't want the likes of you around here
  • n  a kind of person
    We'll not see his like again
  • v  prefer or wish to do something
    Would you like to come along to the movies?
  • v  find enjoyable or agreeable
    I like jogging
    She likes to read Russian novels
  • v  be fond of
    I like my nephews
  • v  feel about or towards; consider, evaluate, or regard
    How did you like the President's speech last night?
  • v  want to have
    I'd like a beer now!
  • a  resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination
    suits of like design
    a limited circle of like minds
    members of the cat family have like dispositions
    as like as two peas in a pod
    doglike devotion
    a dreamlike quality
  • a  equal in amount or value
    like amounts
    gave one six blows and the other a like number
  • a  having the same or similar characteristics
    all politicians are alike
    they looked utterly alike
    friends are generally alike in background and taste
  • s  conforming in every respect
    the like period of the preceding year
News & Articles

  • Like Father, like sons — Utah priest’s boys follow him into the priesthood
    Like Father, like sons — Utah priest’s boys follow him into the priesthood by Peggy Fletcher Stack The Salt Lake Tribune Published Jun 14, 2013 10:09AM MDT Following a centuries-old tradition, the young future deacon from Salt Lake City enters the Greek Orthodox sanctuary in Denver. The bishop blesses him in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Christopher Gilbert then is led by the ...
    June 14, 2013 - The Salt Lake Tribune
  • Kate Hudson Loves Lip Balm Like Men Love Sex
    Sounds like Kate Hudson's lips are always kissable! The Almay brand ambassador revealed she has quite the obsession when it comes to keeping her pretty pout...
    June 14, 2013 - E! Online
  • Tatooine-Like Alien Planets Could Host Life
    Luke Skywalker would be proud. Planets like Skywalker's fictional home of Tatooine in the "Star Wars" movie series might have more potential for habitability than planets in other systems, research suggests.
    June 13, 2013 - via Yahoo! News